In the Media
RI: Aceh forest’s last orangutans could vanish within months
March 29, 2012
The last remaining orangutans in the Tripa peat forest in Aceh could be wiped out in a matter of months if the slash-and-burn destruction of their habitat continues unabated, activists warn.
“We’re no longer talking about a matter of years but of months ahead when there will be no more orangutans there if this continues,” said Ian Singleton, conservation director at the Swiss-based PanEco Foundation, a partner of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.
He was referring to roughly 200 Sumatran orangutans left in the Tripa peat forest in Nagan Raya district, which have found themselves increasingly hemmed in by at least five palm oil concessionaires managing 60,000 hectares of land in the ostensibly protected area.
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Keywords: Asia, deforestation, Fire, forest fire, Indonesia, Orangutan, peat forest, swamp